Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (Ph.D.)
The roots of modern architecture began in Chicago. Creative pioneers like Sullivan, Jenney, Root and Wright produced a body of work that became world renowned as the "Chicago School". These architects were energized by exciting new engineering possibilities and committed to creating a rich culture expression of architecture for their time. The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology continues this tradition, using the exceptional architectural and engineering resources of Chicago to advance the study of tall buildings and academic achievement.
Located in one of the world's greatest cities for the study of architecture, S.R. Crown Hall on the Mies van der Rohe-designed campus becomes the ultimate space in which to study architecture. A dedicated faculty comprised of Chicago's leading architects and engineers instill each thesis with the continuous search for architecture that leads the profession.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (Ph.D.) Program at IIT is for those students who desire to pursue careers in the academic and research fields and/or in the area of advanced professional practice within the domain of architecture.
The rigor of study required for the doctorate extends the discipline of advanced research and design beyond the master's degree. The program requires a comprehensive knowledge of architecture, a deep understanding of its accomplishments and developments, and critical inquiry that extends its frontiers.The program combines course work and design and culminates in a doctoral dissertation that is the result of extensive and independent, original investigation and/or design development. The research in some cases may be an extension of work done in the preparation of a Master of Architecture degree in the College of Architecture. Each student's program will include seminars, specialized and elective class work, research, and design as preparation for the dissertation.